Complete your undergraduate degree with modest or no loan debt for tuition.
You’re confident that college is within your reach, and you’ve worked hard to prepare academically. You know that earning a college degree is an important factor in realizing your potential and improving your career opportunities. Still, you’re not sure about the steps to get there or how to pay for your education.
Lesley University’s Urban Scholars Initiative (USI) was created to help
talented and dedicated students like you fulfill their dream of
completing a college degree.
You will complete your undergraduate degree with modest or no loan debt
for tuition; however, USI is more than just a scholarship. Whatever you
need, whether it’s learning to manage your time, navigating
college life, or receiving tutoring help, the USI program helps you
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1. In order to be considered, an urban
high school graduate must have participated in and be recommended by an
approved collaborating organization (see list below).
2. Recommended students seeking admission
to Lesley University must demonstrate financial need by completing and
submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn how to submit the FAFSA from our Financial Aid Office.
3. Students wishing to participate in the
Urban Scholars Initiative at Lesley University must meet all of the
University’s criteria for undergraduate admission, including an appropriate level of
high school academic achievement and an acceptable SAT or ACT score. We strongly encourage you to apply to Lesley by the Early Action deadline – usually December 1 – for the next academic year. The regular deadline is typically February 15. Review our undergraduate application deadlines.
4. Once admitted to the University and
enrolled in classes, USI students must remain in academic good standing
and make satisfactory progress toward degree completion in order to
remain eligible for the USI scholarship and any other related
scholarships. Learn how to apply to Lesley.
Several community-based organizations that provide youth with academic support, mentorship, scholarships, and other services have become our partners in the Urban Scholars Initiative. These participating organizations share our goal in helping under-resourced students gain access to, and succeed in, college.
"The program is empowering. It’s about managing yourself as an adult, but with someone always there to assist and guide you."
*Additional Scholarships: Many of the students who participate in this program and receive a USI scholarship will still face significant financial challenges. For those who demonstrate financial need greater than 50% of tuition, the university will actively engage in fundraising to establish an endowment that will provide donor-supported scholarships of at least $5,000 per student, per year. These special scholarships will be awarded to 20 students per year, on a competitive basis and will be available for the four years the students are eligible for the USI scholarship. It is our intention to increase the number of awards and the amount of the awards as more donor funding becomes available.
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